Flying car production model to be introduced at Geneva Motor Show
PAL-V says it will unveil what is to be the world's first flying car production model—the PAL-V Liberty—at the Geneva Motor Show.
Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V, stated, "The production model is the moment of truth. The moment where the wall between fiction and facts is torn down. A production model is the last stage in the R&D process before starting full production and delivery. All certifications required for commercialization will be granted on the basis of this production model. It is the pivotal point that separates pioneers from dreamers."
The certification not only guarantees the safety of the flying car but also is the approval that the vehicle can be driven on the roads and flown in the air. Dingemanse said, "Once full certification is granted in 2019, we will hand over the keys of the PAL-V Liberty to our first customers."
Immediately after the Geneva Motor Show, the PAL-V says the Liberty will be going through the last step of the certification process: compliance demonstration. "It takes a lot of testing to prove that the PAL-V Liberty complies with the regulations," said Mike Stekelenburg, PAL-V's Chief Engineer. "Our design philosophy of complying with existing road and air regulations saved us many years in time to market. Instead of opting for a flying car concept on the basis of not yet existing or immature technologies, requiring new regulations, we deliberately chose to design, engineer, and manufacture a flying car with proven technologies. This approach enables a realistic and imminent first product delivery date," he added.